Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2010
Our readers and critics pick their favorites.
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Shopping & Service
Antique Shop: The Antique Store in Wayne
AnnMarie Palumbo-Parks has a pretty good thing going—hundreds of good things, actually. Her showrooms are packed with antique furniture, estate jewelry, silver pieces and Japanese porcelain from more than 50 dealers. Not just a place for the home decorator or casual browser (though it’s great for that, too), the Antique Store also offers a bridal registry, certified appraisals and custom framing. 161 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 687-1900, theantiquestoreltd.com.
Art Supplies: Merion Art & Repro Center
Artists of every age can feed their passion at Merion Art & Repro Center. Necessities like drawing pads, paint brushes and sculpting tools are always in stock, as are printmaking supplies, craft materials, easels, presentation cases, storage solutions, projectors, studio lights and much more. And did we mention the knock-your-smocks-off sales? 17 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; (610) 896-6161, merionart.com.
*Baby Boutique (Readers’ Pick): Kids ’N Kribs
112 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne; (610) 687-5437, kidsnkribs.com.
Once mid-afternoon rolls around, most folks stuck in the 9-to-5 grind can’t wait to flop back onto a giant, fluffy bed and not budge for the rest of the evening. The fantasy only gets better with bedding from Ashton-Whyte, whose extensive selection of gorgeous designer linens has its customers daydreaming. Owner Ellen Yazujian and her staff will even make house calls to assist the design-challenged. The downside? You’ll have to get out of bed to answer the door. 835 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 525-5756, ashtonwhyte.com.
*Bookstore (Readers’ Pick): Chester County Book & Music Company
975 Paoli Pike, West Chester; (610) 696-1661, ccbmc.com.
Boutique for Fashionistas on a Budget: Heavenly Couture
It’s hard to believe there’s a boutique on the Main Line where the clothes are cheaper than what many others charge for a pair of earrings. Heavenly Couture has all the latest styles without the huge markups, with nothing more than $17.95. Shoppers swear by the boutique’s designer-like clothing—especially its jeans and dresses. 33 Leopard Road, Paoli, (610) 647-6474.
Boutique for Preppy Women: Skirtin’ Around
Main Line women adore their preppy attire, making Wayne the perfect hub for Skirtin’ Around’s third location. Aside from skirts, the collection features Jackie O-inspired dress coats, flattering tunics, flirty dresses and shorts in a variety of prints and solids. And not to worry: You’ll find plenty of pink, green and blue. 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 225-0000, skirtinaround.com.
Boutique Jewelry: Posh Collections
Posh Collections has always been synonymous with the likes of Trina Turk, Christopher Fischer and other renowned designers. Owner Tina Corrado also offers shelves of jewelry perfect for finishing off any ensemble. You’ll flip over the selection of bangles, necklaces and cocktail rings, plus chunky earrings in silver and gold accentuated with the summer’s two hottest colors—turquoise and coral. 103 E. King St., Malvern; (610) 644-7220, poshcollections.com.
Boutique That Keeps Customers in the Know: Skirt
Most boutiques only contact their customers when they’re having a sale. Skirt’s Maureen Doron stays in touch with hers monthly via the Skirt Style File, an informative fashion-forward e-newsletter touting the latest looks and accessories. The File also offers glimpses into the personal lives of Skirt’s stylists and everything they love. 931 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 520-0222, shop-skirt.com.
*Bridal Boutique (Readers’ Pick): Priscilla of Boston
46 Saint James Place, Ardmore; (610) 896-8290, priscillaofboston.com.
*Bridal Registry (Readers’ Pick): Crate & Barrel
160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia; (610) 354-9600, crateandbarrel.com.
*Caterer (Readers’ Pick): J Scott Catering
189 Pennsylvania Ave., Malvern; (610) 725-9420, jscottcatering.com.
*Clothing for Kids (Readers’ Pick): Peanut Butter & Jane
200 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 254-9300, peanutbutternjane.com.
*Clothing for Men (Readers’ Pick): Hassis Men’s Shop
3533 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square; (610) 353-3115, hassismensshop.com.
*Clothing for Teens (Readers’ Pick): South Moon Under
205 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 964-9064, southmoonunder.com.
*Clothing for Women (Readers’ Pick): Knit Wit
905 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (484) 592-0576, knitwitonline.com.
*Consignment Shop (Readers’ Pick): Junior League of Philadelphia Thrift Shop
25 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; (610) 896-8828, jlphiladelphia.org.
Consignment Shop Expansion: Butterflies & Blossoms
This popular West Chester destination for kids and moms recently became thrice as nice. The store tripled in size and overall inventory, expanding most in its supply of children’s clothes. Owner Amy Buckman is now taking in about 2,000 articles of gently worn clothing, rather than the 1,000 she previously accepted. B&B also enhanced its selection of toys and plans on specializing in early-intervention items as the collection widens. 1 N. Five Points Road, West Chester; (610) 430-7601, butterfliesandblossoms.net.
Consignment Shop for Guys and Gals: Plato’s Closet
There’s no reason to come out and say your new outfit was a steal—just tell them you bought it at Plato’s Closet, and they’ll get the hint. Hollister, Juicy Couture and other popular brands are the norm. And the already-low prices on its gently used, name-brand clothing are often slashed even further thanks to various clearances and customer-appreciation discounts. 27 Paoli Plaza, Paoli; (610) 647-7788, platosclosetpaoli.com.
Consignment Shop for Women: Accent on Design
Accent of Design owner Diane Wulk has a discriminating eye when it comes to buying the designer-label clothing, shoes and accessories for her resale shop—so much so that it’s hard to believe anything in her inventory was “previously loved.” Sellers appreciate the fact that she pays cash or store credit up-front; buyers can’t get enough of the pristine inventory and jaw-dropping prices. And many items still have price tags. 83 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli; (610) 640-1200, accentondesignpaoli.com.
Custom Clothing for Kids: CPC Designs
The work of Main Liners Caroline Linz, Carrie Grau and Gaby Evers, CPC Designs started out with preppy dresses for little ladies. Much to the delight of its growing customer base, it has expanded into clothes for the little guys, including seersucker shortalls, shorts and pants. Buyers pick their own fabrics, trims and monograms. And once you spy the ingenious details that accommodate growth spurts—like the dresses’ adjustable ribbon shoulder straps and pants with contrasting cuffs for rolling up or down—you’ll know this stuff was designed by moms. Wayne, (484) 580-8408, cpcdesignsinc.com.